The New Social Environment#784

Art + Tech: Signals: How Video Transformed the World

Featuring Stuart Comer, Michelle Kuo, and Charlotte Kent, with Alyssa Moore


12 p.m. Eastern / 9 a.m. Pacific

Curators Stuart Comer and Michelle Kuo join Rail Editor-at-Large Charlotte Kent for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading by Alyssa Moore.

In this talk

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Stuart Comer

A photographic portrait of the curator Stuart Comer. His arms are crossed and he is wearing a black blazer and shirt. He is standing in front of a plain white background.
Stuart Comer. © 2023 The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photo: Peter Ross
Stuart Comer is MoMA’s Lonti Ebers Chief Curator of Media and Performance. He oversees the collection and diverse program of exhibitions, events, and acquisitions for the Department of Media and Performance. He also leads the Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis Studio, the Museum’s space dedicated to performance, music, sound, spoken word, and expanded approaches to the moving image. Some of his recent projects at MoMA have included Adam Pendleton: Who Is Queen? (2021), and member: Pope.L, 1978–2001 (2019), among others. He is co-curator of Signals: Video and Electronic Democracy. Comer was co-curator of the Whitney Museum of American Art’s 2014 Biennial and he served as the first Curator of Film at Tate Modern, London, from 2004 to 2013.

Michelle Kuo

Photo of Michelle Kuo
Michelle Kuo. © 2023 The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photo: Peter Ross
Michelle Kuo is The Marlene Hess Curator of Painting and Sculpture at MoMA, where her exhibitions include Refik Anadol: Unsupervised (2022), and Signals: How Video Transformed the World (2023, with Stuart Comer). In addition to helping conceive the Museum’s collection display and acquisitions program, Kuo co-leads initiatives on mid-century art history, and on digital art and blockchain technologies. She has written and lectured widely; her publications include More than Real: Art in the Digital Age (2018) and a forthcoming volume on the postwar organization Experiments in Art and Technology. Kuo is currently a critic at the Yale School of Art and serves on the advisory board of the Museum Brandhorst, Munich. From 2010 to 2017 she was Editor-in-Chief of Artforum International.

Charlotte Kent

Charlotte Kent
Associate professor of visual culture at Montclair State University Charlotte Kent, PhD, has a particular interest in historical frameworks for art practices, with a research focus on contemporary digital culture and the absurd. She writes for assorted magazines and various academic journals. She is an Editor-at-Large for the Brooklyn Rail.

The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poetry reading, and we’re fortunate to have Alyssa Moore reading.

Alyssa Moore

Photo of Alyssa Moore
Alyssa Moore is a visual poet and writer based in Chicago. She holds degrees from Harvard University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop where she was an Iowa Arts Fellow. She was the inaugural winner of Poetry Magazine’s Editors Prize for Visual Poetry and a writer-in-residence for Futurepoem’s future-feed. Their work has appeared in Poetry, Boston Review, Hyperallergic, Tagvverk, The Quartlerless Review and elsewhere. She is an editor for Ghost Proposal, a journal for visual poetry and work that transcends or sits outside of traditional notions of genre.

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